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4 Best Laser Treatments For Winter

4 Best Laser Treatments For Winter

Chilly weather and dreary days may not be great for soaking up the sun or enjoying the great outdoors, but they’re not a total loss! In addition to cozying up with a hot beverage and getting in the holiday spirit, winter is the perfect season to treat yourself with a laser procedure.

Unlike chemical peels that rely on harsh acids and other chemicals, laser peels utilize light technology to improve the skin. Still, like any peel, the necessary downtime following the procedure can feel lengthy, but the results are so worth it — and that’s why now is the time to indulge. 

It’s the perfect balance: AKA plenty of time to allow your face to heal in the confines of your own home with results that will peak just in time to deck the halls. 

Here are 4 of our favorite laser treatments to try:

Fractional Resurfacing

Fractional Resurfacing has the ability to completely transform your skin— and not just the skin on your face. In addition to the face, fractional resurfacing is commonly used to treat the neck, décolletage, hands, and arms.

Here’s how it works: The energy from the laser uses heat to destroy the targeted cells. While this sounds scary, this causes the skin to stimulate the growth of new, healthy skin cells to replace the old ones. 

The resurfacing treatment is perfect for reducing the appearance of wrinkles and even erasing sun damage. Unlike more aggressive lasers, fractional resurfacing gets it name from how it treats skin — it only targets a fraction of skin at a time for a pain-free experience.


A CO2 laser treatment, CoolPeel™ is an innovative way to treat fine lines, sun damage, pore size, and uneven skin texture. 

The CoolPeel™ laser works by only targeting the superficial layer of skin tissue. Simply put, only the damaged skin is removed, leaving you with younger and healthier looking skin. Unlike traditional CO2 treatments, CoolPeel™ is much safer, and delivers better results with minimal risk. 

Bonus? This rockstar laser treatment only takes 15 minutes, so you can fit it in on your lunch break. 

IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) PhotoFacial

A classic tried and true treatment, IPL works by producing high-intensity light delivering pulses of broad-spectrum light to the deep layers of the skin. 

That was a mouthful — let’s try that again. In simpler terms, this means it delivers pulses of broad-spectrum light that emit a specific color which targets the damaged discolored skin while leaving the surrounding tissue unharmed. 

When light is absorbed by tissue, it heats up the cells and destroys the unwanted pigments —  IPL Photofacial addresses a myriad of issues, so we made a list :

  • Sun spots 
  • Brown spots
  • Freckles
  • Pigmented lesions
  • Melasma
  • Wrinkles and fine lines
  • Acne scars
  • Stretch marks


Last, but certainly not least we have PicoSure®! One of our favorite treatments, this multifaceted procedure treats age spots, freckles, sun damage, pigmented lesions, wrinkles, and acne scars. 

The PicoSure® laser works by damaging skin cells deep in the dermis which then signals a healing response. Known as “cell signaling,” the process activates the creation of collagen and elastin. 

Although this may sound risky, the PicoSure® uses a gentle pressure rather than heat in the disruption process — this means no pain and minimal risk. The “photomechanical effect” is highly efficient in removing unwanted pigment as well as treating scars and wrinkles. 

You can’t go wrong with any of these treatments, but we’re throwing in a bonus this month. Purchase any 5-treatment laser package (your choice!) and we’ll throw in a personalized pre-treatment skin care regimen for free. Give your skin the glow-up it deserves during a season where we’re already in hibernation. We’ll be waiting for your call: (650) 433-8621.

At Illuminate we’re with you during every step of your journey toward greater self-confidence. Schedule a consultation with us today and let Illuminate’s expert team listen to your concerns and guide you through treatments and procedures to help you reach your individual goals. We look forward to seeing you and celebrating your renewed appearance and realized potential.

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